5 Must-Try Bourbon Cocktails for Your Next Holiday Gathering

1. Old Fashioned

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The Old Fashioned is the patriarch of all bourbon cocktails, and for good reason. It's a sublime mix of bourbon, sugar, water, and bitters, served with a twist of citrus zest. This cocktail not only tastes great but also carries a rich history, making it a staple at any holiday gathering. Here’s how to make the perfect Old Fashioned:

  1. Place a sugar cube in a glass.
  2. Saturate with bitters and a splash of water.
  3. Muddle these ingredients until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add bourbon.
  5. Stir well and garnish with an orange slice or cherry.
Boldly speaking, the Old Fashioned is not just a drink, it's a ritual that enhances the bourbon experience, making it a must-try for any bourbon enthusiast.

2. Mint Julep

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The Mint Julep is not just a drink, it's a southern tradition. Wrapped in frosty silver cups, this cocktail offers a refreshing blend of bourbon, fresh mint, sugar, and water. Perfect for sipping on a hot day, the Mint Julep is famously enjoyed during the Kentucky Derby, but it's also a fantastic choice for any holiday gathering. Here’s how you can make your own:

  1. Gently muddle the mint and sugar in a glass to release the mint's oils.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
  3. Pour over the bourbon.
  4. Stir well until the glass becomes frosty.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Remember, the key to a great Mint Julep is using high-quality bourbon and fresh mint. The simplicity of the ingredients allows the flavors to shine through, making each sip a delightful experience.

3. Manhattan

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Ah, the Manhattan—a cocktail that proves simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This classic drink is a mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, shaken or stirred to perfection. The key to a great Manhattan is the balance between the robust flavor of the whiskey and the sweet, herbal notes of the vermouth. Garnish with a cherry or an orange twist to add that extra flair!

A Manhattan is not just a drink; it's a statement. Whether you're hosting a holiday gathering or enjoying a quiet evening, this cocktail brings a touch of class to any occasion.

Here's how to make a perfect Manhattan:

  1. Pour 3 oz of whiskey into a mixing glass.
  2. Add 1 oz of sweet vermouth.
  3. Include 3 dashes of bitters.
  4. Stir well and strain into a chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange zest or a cherry.

4. Whiskey Sour

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The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that perfectly balances the boldness of bourbon with the zesty brightness of lemon juice and the subtle sweetness of simple syrup. This cocktail is not just a drink; it's a harmonious symphony in a glass. Prepare to pucker up, because this drink brings a punch that's both refreshing and robust.

  • Ingredients:

    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup
    • Ice
    • Lemon slice and cherry for garnish
  • Instructions:

    1. Fill a shaker with ice.
    2. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
    3. Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
    4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    5. Garnish with a lemon slice and a cherry.
The Whiskey Sour is the perfect example of how a few simple ingredients can be transformed into a timeless cocktail. Whether you're hosting a holiday gathering or just unwinding after a long day, this cocktail promises to deliver satisfaction with every sip.

5. Boulevardier

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If you're looking to impress your guests with a cocktail that screams sophistication and a hint of European flair, the Boulevardier is your go-to drink. This delightful concoction is essentially the love child of a Negroni and a whiskey, swapping out gin for bourbon, which gives it a uniquely American twist while maintaining that classic Italian charm.

The Boulevardier is perfect for those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and complexity.


  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari


  1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir well until the outside of the glass feels cold.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass, preferably a coupe.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist to add a pop of color and a zesty aroma.

This cocktail not only tastes great but also has a vibrant red color that looks stunning in a glass. It's a surefire way to add a touch of elegance to any holiday gathering!

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